NEW YORK — The New York Jets have fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting GM in his place.
The stunning decision by team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson was announced in a statement posted Wednesday on the team’s Twitter account. Johnson says he made the move after assessing what would be in the Jets’ best interests.
“I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets,” Chairman and CEO Christoper Johnson wrote.
The timing is strange considering Maccagnan oversaw the Jets’ draft less than three weeks ago, although there were rumors that he and Gase had some tension — which both denied. Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was fired. Instead, Maccagnan was fully involved in hiring Gase as the team’s new coach.
Maccagnan was also active in free agency in March, spending big bucks to land the likes of running back Le’Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosely.